Robin Dluzen

September 17, 2017, 9:23am

EXPO Chicago 2017 Highlights

EXPO Chicago, like many of its art fair counterparts, contains the requisite grabby, show-stoppers we’ve come to expect. However, after the initial lure of the spectacle fades, the eye begins to locate the stronger, more contemplative works emerging from the depths of the exhibitor booths. The works of these six artists are prime examples of pieces that reward a slower viewing, that expand, deepen and reveal more, the longer you look. – Robin Dluzen, Chicago Contributor


Elise Ferguson | Bats, pigmented plaster on MDF, 40" x 30"

Listed under: Art World

December 04, 2012, 8:30am

Museum Admission: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

There are world-class museums in Michigan and in this economy, some of them have had trouble keeping their doors open. Luckily, the threat of shutterings has started to disappear, and in the case of Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, serious cash is being dropped to ensure that Michigan remains host to some of the very best in art and culture. This $45 million museum ($28 million donated by the Broads) was dedicated November 10th to an art star-studded ceremony, and the attendance since then has continued to grow.

Listed under: Museum Admission

September 25, 2012, 8:25am

Expo Chicago Wrap-Up: Part One

New American Paintings headed to the Windy City over the weekend to check out Expo Chicago, which was, in effect, an attempted reboot of Art Chicago in its glory days. Art Chicago was the first art fair that NAP publisher/editor, Steven Zevitas, ever attended. That was 17 years ago...

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

September 25, 2012, 12:15pm

Expo Chicago Wrap-Up: Part Two

“There’s going to be an EXPO Chicago next year, right?” Chicago dealer Linda Warren asked Tony Karman Sunday at Festival Hall, voicing the concern that all of us are harboring. We were discussing how the fair was unfolding, Karman mentioning that he wished more collectors from the greater Midwest region would have come out and talking about the holes he’d like to fill in the future.

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

August 14, 2012, 8:25am

Stacey Rozich’s “This Must Be the Place” at Chicago Urban Art Society

It’s not often that illustration succeeds in a fine art context, as illustration, didactic by nature, tends to be without the depth and subtlety we understand to be valuable in “fine art.” However, the illustrative practice of Seattle-based Stacey Rozich not only succeeds in the gallery, it thrives with narrative strength and a clear artistic vision that ranks her recent exhibition “This Must Be the Place” at Chicago Urban Art Society among the best exhibitions in Chicago this summer. - Robin Dluzen, Chicago Contributor

Listed under: Chicago, Review

June 27, 2012, 8:15am

Brooks Cashbaugh: Demotic Emolument (of The People, a reward for Good Work)

Few images capturing the essence of American identity can stand the test of time and override the trappings of overuse, celebrity, cliché and kitsch.

Listed under: Review

May 04, 2012, 8:25am

Matthew Metzger’s “Backdrop” at Tony Wight Gallery

There’s no getting around the fact that Matthew Metzger makes difficult paintings. His may be among most difficult paintings I have ever seen, though the act of “seeing them” or “looking at them” is certainly not the difficult part. In his current exhibition at Tony Wight Gallery entitled, “Backdrop,” the artist presents a succinct seven paintings, rendered in the artist’s trademark, impeccable trompe l'oeil.

Listed under: Chicago, Review

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